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Durga Bhavani Temple

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Distance (From Karwar Bus Station): 6.5 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins - 1 Hr

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 6.5 km from Karwar Bus Stand, Durga Temple is an ancient temple situated on the peak of Sadashivgad hill fort in Karwar. Situated on the north bank of River Kali, Durga Temple is one of the Karwar tourist places.

Durga Temple, also known as Shanthadurga Temple, is dedicated to Goddess Durga. In the main sanctum sanctorum, the idol of goddess Durga sitting on the lion is very attractive. Believed to be constructed around 1665 CE, the temple is well-known for its architectural beauty and offers beautiful views of the islands and the surroundings areas. According to the history, Raja Shiv Chhatrapati found this temple and he gave the rights of worship in this temple to the local Bhandari family. On the way to Durga Temple, tourists can visit the remains of old fort of Sonda kings. There is also a 17th century blue towered mosque in front of this temple and is dedicated to Peer Shamsuddin Kharobat.

The locales pray to the goddess with great faith and also the annual fest here is celebrated with great pomp and fervor. The entrance and the stairs are guarded by several cannons. There is also an Estuary point which gives a fantastic top end view of Karwar, Arabian Sea and Kali River.

Timings: 9.30 AM to 1 PM and 4.30 PM to 7.30 PM.